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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Race and Resistance (Not recruiting in 2024/25)

Programme code:MA-HIST/R&RUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Prof Shane Doyle Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Good Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of History

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of History

Programme specification:

The MA in Race and Resistance aims to provide students with strong research training and breadth and depth of knowledge of historical and theoretical approaches to race and strategies of resistance. It is designed to serve both as a stand-alone introduction to important debates about race, and as a preparation year for subsequent doctoral research. The programme has a strong historical core, but offers a wide range of interdisciplinary components, drawing particularly on literary, sociological and cultural studies methodologies.

The programme is structured around two core modules: 'Researching Race & resistance" (HIST5853M) and 'Approaches to Race' (HIST 5838M) which provides a broad conceptual introduction to research on race and resistance in the Americas, Africa, Britain, the Caribbean and India, and which spans a number of disciplines. If practicable students on this module may have an opportunity to visit a local museum or historic house which illuminates Britain's complex racial history.

In addition to the core modules, students on the programme choose two optional modules. Typical offerings include: Black Internationalism, The Rise and Fall of Apartheid in South Africa; India since 1947: Community, Caste and Political Violence; Patriotic Protest in the U.S.A; Coolies, Convicts and Concubines: Slavery and ‘Unfree’ labour in India and the Indian Ocean World; The European Minorities Problem.

Students will also complete a 15,000 word dissertation. The University of Leeds has considerable research expertise in the area, and has in recent years built up its library holdings in both contemporary printed materials, electronic collections, as well as manuscripts and microforms including for example, the recent purchase of a large collection of South African newspapers from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and American newspapers and civil rights and black power organizational records.

Students in the programme will also have access to a wide range of regular and well-attended inter-disciplinary research seminars including the American Research Seminar, the South-Asian Research Seminar, Centre for Race and Ethnicity studies seminar, the Centre for African Studies Seminar, and the Post-Colonial research group. In addition, core faculty regularly host international workshops and visiting professors, all of which make the University of Leeds a unique and exciting place at which to be pursuing MA studies in the area of race and resistance.

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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

HIST5838MApproaches to Race30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HIST5840MMA Race and Resistance: Dissertation60 credits1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth)
HIST5853MResearching Race and Resistance30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

- Candidates will be required to study 60 credits from the following list of optional modules.
- Not all optional modules will necessarily be on offer in any given year. The School will not normally expect to run modules with fewer than two students.

ENGL5105MCaribbean and Black British Writing30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5700MWriting, Archives, Race30 creditsNot running in 202324
ENGL5836MTurks, Moors, and Jews: Staging the Exotic in the Renaissance30 creditsNot running in 202324
FOAR5000MEngaging the Modern City: The Civic Researcher30 credits 
HIST5020MMaking History: Archive Collaborations30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
HIST5150MCreating History: Political Memoirs and the Construction of British Political History30 creditsNot running in 202324
HIST5750MSocial Histories of South Africa30 creditsNot running in 202324
HIST5839MBlack Internationalism30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HIST5844MSexuality and Disease in African History30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HIST5852MHistories of Migration from Early Modern to Modern30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HIST5910MThe Idea of Black Culture30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5360MResearching Inequality in the Media30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Last updated: 20/09/2023 10:48:12


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